While West Sac's Bike Dog Brewing Co. won't hold it's official grand opening until Saturday, the small batch brewery has been open for the last 3 weeks or so. I stopped by on Saturday evening, and here are a couple things I learned about the place talking to partners Raef and AJ (who also runs their very active twitter account, @BikeDogBeer). Here are 5 things you should know about the place.
1. The brewery's four owners met all met at work. At the office water cooler, they'd all talk about starting a brewery, but it became more than talk when they decided isn't (yet) a full time gig.
2. The name isn't a misnomer. They're very bike and (nice) dog friendly. Well behaved kids are also welcome.
3. The owners are all passionate about biking and beer. While they thought breweries named after bikes (Fat Tire) and dogs (Laguniats) have been done, they jokingly started used Bike Dog as a working title, and it kind of stuck.
4. One of the reasons they decided to open in West Sac is the business-friendly nature of the city. The Chris Cabaldon-led local government worked with them on zoning issues and sewer fees.
5. They can only make 3 barrels of beer at a time, and they currently make 2 batches a week. That means that their beer will always be ultra fresh, but it might also mean that you'll want to be there early to make sure your favorite brew is still available.
When I was there on Saturday, they were serving four beers. We tried the Fall Saison and the American Wheat. The Fall Saison was a standout selection. It was the more mature and refined of the two beers. The American Wheat was also good, but for my palate, the Fall Saison was better.
Also spotted at Bike Dog Brewing Co. when I was there was the Sac Bee's restaurant critic Blair Anthony Robertson. He later tweeted about his experience.
Bike Dog Brewing Co. is located at 2534 Industrial Blvd. in West Sac. The area is full of warehouses, but there's good signage from the street so it won't be hard to find.
Their Saturday grand opening runs from 2 to 9:30 p.m. Drewski's will be on hand to sell food, if you're looking to make a meal out of it.
If you like Track 7 or New Helvetia, you'll like Bike Dog. Make sure to check it out soon.
Bike Dog Brewing Co. can be found online at BikeDogBrewing.com.
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